The Passing of a Legend

The Passing of a Legend

Ray Douglas Bradbury, famous writer, poet and well-loved figure has unfortunately passed away on the 5 June 2012 at the age of 91.

Ray has been an inspiration to many as he has produced some of the most iconic science fiction pieces; varying his written work between fantasy, science fiction and horror and, later on in his career, branching out to poetry, essays and film screenplays.

Ray’s first published piece came about in 1941, when his written work Pendulum featured in pulp magazine’s Super Science Stories, paying him a generous $15 for his efforts. The writer’s fame then continued to escalate internationally after the release of his short story collectionThe Martian Chronicles in 1950. After this, Ray furthered his career by writing for a variety of television productions, including Alfred Hitchcock’s television series.

During his lifetime, Ray wrote a total of more than thirty books, almost 600 short stories and an unaccountable amount of poems, essays and plays. Needless to say, his hard work and dedication to the industry did not go unnoticed, with the writer receiving a variety of prestigious awards including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and an Emmy.

To this day, Ray is still known by some of his best written novels including ‘Fahrenheit 451’, ‘The Illustrated Man’ and ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes,’ along with the previously mentioned ‘Martian Chronicles.’ Ray had an incredibly successful career, with many of his books adapting into television programmes, films and radio dramas.

Although we may have lost a sterling figure in the science fiction world, his work and novels will not be forgotten. If you would like to find out more about Ray Bradbury then please click here.

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